2021 NFL free company: Lions’ Kenny Golladay a robust candidate to obtain the franchise tag


The Detroit Lions have a number of notable free brokers to think about re-signing this offseason, together with their high two huge receivers in Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. In accordance with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community, the latter is a robust candidate to obtain the franchise tag if they can’t comply with phrases on a brand new deal, because the Lions are apparently set on protecting Golladay within the fold.

Rapoport mentioned of Golladay on “NFL Now,” through NFL.com, that after that they had talks final 12 months a couple of long-term extension, which finally did not occur, they are going to attempt once more this 12 months, “however count on him to be tagged if they do not get a deal.”

After the Lions locked up left deal with Taylor Decker final September, they reportedly shifted their focus to re-signing the Professional Bowl wideout they drafted within the third spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Northern Illinois. Golladay caught simply 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns in 5 video games performed this previous 12 months, as COVID-19 after which a hip damage pressured him to overlook nearly all of the season. Golladay did put up career-high numbers in 2019, as he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Earlier this month, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tabbed Golladay as a “certain factor” in terms of the 13 gamers he is keeping track of concerning the franchise tag: 

“Many groups view him as the most effective WR possibility on the market, however protecting him on the tag at round $16M, when the open market could bear round $19M, would make a variety of sense. A number of league sources have advised me Golladay will get the tag after his relationship with the prior regime in Detroit obtained rocky over extended extension negotiations. May this be an eventual tag and commerce? Folks across the league would not rule that out with the Lions rebuilding and making an attempt to amass picks.”

Jones then again will probably be enjoying for a brand new crew in 2021, as he not too long ago revealed that he needs to signal with a contender that may additionally afford to pay him. Golladay has mentioned beforehand that he hopes he can keep in Detroit, which now appears like one thing that can certainly occur whether or not or not it’s on a brand new deal or through the franchise tag. 

“I need to be right here, like town, like what is going on on,” Golladay mentioned in December, through the Detroit Free Press. 

“They believed in me. And say, if a contract, if it would not work out, it would not work out, then I will go elsewhere and ball out and play. However like I say, I am a loyal particular person and naturally I need to be right here. I began my profession right here.”


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